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Declaration of Energy Independence

July 2, 2015
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Declaration of Energy Independence

Independence Day? How about a reading from a Declaration of Energy Independence? And we wouldn't have to edit the original by much. Take a look.

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Is Alarm.com the Bellwether of Home Energy Management?

August 15, 2013
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Is Alarm.com the Bellwether of Home Energy Management?

If you want to know where energy management in the home is going, you may want to track Alarm.com and its automation features.

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Video: Energy Monitoring System in Action

August 6, 2013
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If you want to see what an energy monitoring system looks like in the recesses of an equipment room, and how the finished on-screen display can be operated, check out these videos I took recently in a cool green home in Vermont. The home features an Apple-based Savant home control system with Savant’s SmartEnergy...

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Go Ahead, Sweat the Small Stuff

June 13, 2013
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Go Ahead, Sweat the Small Stuff

Don’t be afraid to integrate small stuff like the Philips hue lighting system and mesh network devices using Z-Wave technology, for example.

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Is Wireless the Answer to EV Charging?

May 9, 2013
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Is Wireless the Answer to EV Charging?

Massachusetts-based startup WiTricity believes it has the answer to electric vehicle (EV) charging. But first, WiTricity vice president of sales and business development David Schatz has a torso to show me. It’s the first time WiTrcity has shown its torso, which is really a gel mold that resembles human flesh. Inside it are lights...

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GTA to Host #EEChat

May 8, 2013
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GTA to Host #EEChat

Interested in energy efficiency or energy management? The weekly Twitter chat #EEChat will resume this Thursday, at its regular time of 9 pm EDT, and will be hosted by Steve Castle (@GreenTechSteve) of GreenTech Advocates. Just filter your Twitter feed to #EEChat to follow along and participate by using the hashtag #EEChat.

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Plug Loads A Growing Concern

May 7, 2013
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Plug Loads A Growing Concern

Plug loads from electronic devices, mobile chargers, and vampire power are becoming a larger problem and one that green buildings and homes must address. So what's being done? A couple of the greenest and smartest buildings in the world offer us some clues.

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Highlights from Smart Energy Summit Available

May 2, 2013
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Highlights from Smart Energy Summit Available

If you missed research firm Parks Associates’ annual Smart Energy Summit back in February, you can catch up on the details with a summary released by the company, as well as some video interviews of key executives who were present, such as keynoters Roy Perry of Alarm.com and Ted Reguly of San Diego Gas...

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ZigBee SEP 2 is Done. Now What?

April 30, 2013
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ZigBee SEP 2 is Done. Now What?

The much-ballyhooed ZigBee Smart Energy Protocol (SEP) 2 has finally been completed and ratified, and the standard is available for download. We could even see devices with SEP 2 by the end of the year and availability in 2014. “The technical work is done, and it’s up to companies to determine what they’re going...

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Beyond Earth Day: 10 Lasting Green Tech Trends

April 22, 2013
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Beyond Earth Day: 10 Lasting Green Tech Trends

Confession time: I am not a big fan of Earth Day, and I suspect many others in the green and green tech fields feel the same. I thought Earth Day was great when we were cleaning out trash-choked streams. It raised awareness when there was none. But now everyone’s got an Earth Day thing...

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